Daily Archives: December 15, 2017

December 15 The Lover of Righteousness

“‘Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy companions’” (Heb. 1:8–9).

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As the eternal God and King, Christ loves righteousness and hates lawlessness.

In these days it’s difficult for us as Christians to be totally supportive of our governmental leaders when we see so much of what God calls righteousness compromised or ridiculed. But the King of kings—Christ Himself—is the only leader who has a perfectly right attitude toward righteousness.

Christ rules from an eternal throne, and He rules eternally as God and King. The scepter He holds is symbolic of His rule, particularly as a rule of righteousness.

But there’s more to it than that. He not only acts righteously—He loves righteousness itself. How often have we obeyed without joy, expressing an attitude of willing condescension? But Jesus gives us a different model.

James 1:17 says, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” True righteousness never varies from what is true, just, and good. And 1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” God is total light and total righteousness. Everything Jesus did resulted from His love of righteousness.

Because Christ loves righteousness, He hates lawlessness. Since He loves what is right, He must hate what is wrong. The two are inseparable; one cannot exist without the other. You cannot truly love righteousness and also love sin. When there is true love for God, there will also be true love for righteousness and total hatred of sin.

The more you and I become conformed to Jesus Christ, the more we will love righteousness. Our attitudes toward righteousness and sin will ultimately reveal how closely we are conformed to Christ. Check out your attitudes and actions. How are you doing?

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Like the psalmist, ask God to show you “any hurtful way” in you (Ps. 139:24).

For Further Study: Read Psalm 119, and note how many times the psalmist makes reference to either his love for God’s law or righteousness.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 362). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

DECEMBER 15 WE SHOULD YEARN TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

PSALM 140:13

There should be a holy quality, a mysterious and holy Presence within the fellowship of Christian believers! If we are what we ought to be in Christ and by His Spirit, if the whole sum of our lives beginning with the inner life is becoming more Godlike and Christlike, I believe something of God’s divine and mysterious quality and Presence will be upon us!

I have met a few of God’s saints who appeared to have this holy brightness upon them, but they did not know it because of their humility and gentleness of spirit. I do not hesitate to confess that my fellowship with them has meant more to me than all of the teaching I have ever received. I do stand deeply indebted to every Bible teacher I have had through the years, but they did little but instruct my head. The brethren I have known who had this strange and mysterious quality and awareness of God’s Person and Presence instructed my heart!

Do we understand what a gracious thing it is to be able to say of a man, a brother in the Lord, “He is truly a man of God”? He does not have to tell us that, but he lives quietly and confidently day by day with the sense of this awe-inspiring Presence that comes down on some people and means more than all the glib tongues in the world!

Oh, that we might yearn for the knowledge and Presence of God in our lives from moment to moment![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

December 15, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

Vice President Mike Pence is set to receive a cooler reception from Arab leaders on a Middle East trip next week than he once expected, after pushing President Donald Trump earlier this month to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission swept aside rules barring broadband providers from favoring the internet traffic of websites willing to pay for speedier service, sending the future of net neutrality on to a likely court challenge. The Republican-led commission voted 3-to-2 on Thursday to remove Obama-era prohibitions on blocking web traffic, slowing it or demanding payment for faster passage via their networks.

Facebook is projected to boost sales by 46 percent and double net income, but make no mistake: It had a terrible year. Despite its financial performance, the social media giant is facing a reckoning in 2018 as regulators close in on several fronts. The main issue cuts to the core of the company itself: Rather than “building global community,” as founder Mark Zuckerberg sees Facebook’s mission, it is “ripping apart the social fabric.”

Blockchain is upending the world’s financial markets with the rise of bitcoin, and now the digital-ledger system is poised to do the same next year for raw materials like food and energy.

It’s not just the orange groves that were hit hard by Hurricane Irma — Florida’s grapefruit harvest is now projected to fall to the lowest in nearly a century.

AP Top Stories

A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson, 32, was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego and is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

Nearly 745,000 men, women and children in Syria are trapped inside the war-torn country’s 33 besieged communities, living in desolate conditions at the mercy of President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime and its armed opponents.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America’s economy.

Syrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner, military officials said Thursday.

European Union nations, now unfettered by Britain’s decision to quit, achieved a 70-year-old ambition on Thursday to integrate their defenses, launching a pact between 25 EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together. European Council President Donald Tusk deemed the move “bad news for our enemies”.

In a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country’s Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The trio’s departure has reduced to just three the crew of the ISS, a $100 billion lab that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

U.S. industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November due to a rebound in extracting oil and natural gas after a stoppage due to Hurricane Nate.

China’s top smartphone makers are ready to challenge Apple Inc. on its home turf after trouncing the iPhone maker in their own market. Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. are in talks with U.S. wireless operators about selling flagship smartphones to American consumers as soon as next year.

BBC

The UK’s most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea. He said it would “immediately and potentially catastrophically” hit the economy if they were cut or disrupted. The cables crisscross the seabed, connecting up countries and continents.

Four intact child burials made more than 3,000 years ago are among a series of recent discoveries near the Egyptian city of Aswan, officials said. One of the burials found by a Swedish-Egyptian team still had the linen used to mummify it.

A New York woman has been accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money to help the so-called Islamic State.

US teenagers are using marijuana and vaporizers more than they smoke cigarettes, a government study shows.

Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation. The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain’s Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing power to create digital cash.

The Indian cabinet has backed a bill that will make the Islamic practice of instant divorce a criminal offence. The bill proposes jail of up to three years for a Muslim man who indulges in the controversial practice.

Iraq says it has hanged, in a mass execution, 38 jihadist militants convicted of terrorism offences.

WND

A new Rand Corp. study warns the U.S. military is inadequately structured to combat threats from China, Russia and Islamic terrorism, according to the Washington Times.


News – 12/15/2017

Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months, New Study Reveals
Years late to the party, mainstream media outlets like USA Today, Reuters, and Buzzfeed are just out with “breaking” and “exclusive” stories detailing how a vast arsenal of weapons sent to Syria by the CIA in cooperation with US allies fuelled the rapid growth of ISIS. Buzzfeed’s story entitled, Blowback: ISIS Got A Powerful Missile The CIA Secretly Bought In Bulgaria, begins by referencing “a new report on how ISIS built its arsenal highlights how the US purchased munitions, intended for Syrian rebels, that ended up in the hands of the terrorist group.”

Ancient weakening of Earth’s crust explains unusual intraplate earthquakes
Earthquakes typically happen along fault lines, like California’s San Andreas fault, where the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates scrape against each other, releasing enough energy to shake the ground. Some seismic activity occurs in the middle of tectonic plates, but these earthquakes are generally random, occur rarely and are poorly understood. But a few spots within the North American tectonic plate – thousands of kilometers away from the plate’s boundaries – experience earthquake activity frequently.

White House: Abbas’s Threatening Rhetoric Has ‘Prevented Peace for Decades’
The White House criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday for his comments against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying that such rhetoric has “prevented peace for decades.”…Palestinians should “ignore the distortions and instead focus on what the president actually said last week:

Violence erupts after prayers conclude in new Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’
This comes after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech at an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul Wednesday.

Kim Jong Un’s top aide executed by North Korean death squad, reports suggest
A key member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated. Hwang Pyong-so, a vice marshal who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, hasn’t been seen in public since Oct. 13, sparking rumors of his death.

FBI on hot seat over ‘insurance policy’ against Trump election
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is demanding answers from the Justice Department concerning a cryptic text from one of the FBI’s top Russian counterintelligence experts discussing an “insurance policy” in the event that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump won election to the White House….after months of bashing then-candidate Trump in texts and stating that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “just has to win,” Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged a mysterious text concerning a so-called “insurance policy” against a possible Trump win. On Aug. 15, 2016, Strzok wrote: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40 …”

24 hours to save the Earth! Three-mile wide ASTEROID on way TOMORROW night
NASA has branded the massive three mile (5km) wide space rock “potentially dangerous” – but unless something goes terribly wrong the asteroid will skim past Earth on the way to another orbit of the Sun. However, space watchers should note that the rock, called 3200 Phaethon, has triggered the dazzling Geminids meteor shower as parts of it break away. Asteroid 3200 Phaethon was first discovered in 1983 and a spokesman for Nasa said: “With a diameter of about 5km, Phaethon is the third largest near-Earth asteroid is classified as potentially hazardous.’”

EU BREAKS APART on migration: Merkel blasts EU member states for lack of solidarity
The German Chancellor said it was “not acceptable” for EU members to shirk their responsibility to meet migrant quotas. Concerns about migration have overshadowed the European Council summit in Brussels, which had been expected to revolve around Brexit and eurozone reform. Speaking on the second day of the EU summit, Angela Merkel said: “We are not so in agreement as regards internal solidarity on the migration issue. In most areas, if not all areas, we show solidarity, as part of the EU. “But there are some areas where solidarity is not shown and that is something I find not acceptable.”

At least 3 wounded in Bethlehem on second ‘day of rage’
Dozens of masked Palestinian youth clashed with Israeli forces near the security wall in Bethlehem Friday. Several were lightly wounded, three were evacuated by ambulance. At noon, forty men and youth with signs denouncing US president Donald Trump and calling Jerusalem the capital of Palestine marched toward the security fence near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, a popular spot for Friday protests.

Chinese company weighs take over of Iran gas projects due to US sanctions
China’s top oil and gas company CNPC is considering taking over Total’s stake in a giant Iranian gas project if the French company leaves Iran to comply with any new US sanctions, industry sources said. Total signed the $1 billion deal to develop the South Pars gas field in July. The contract gave CNPC the option to take over Total’s stake if it pulled out, according to sources involved in the talks.

Haley displays Iran’s military hardware to the press
Standing before an exhausted missile that Washington says was made in Iran, shipped to Yemen and fired at Riyadh’s international airport, Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, declassified the US government’s findings of Iran’s military activities in the region on Thursday, warning of its rapid expansion and broad ambitions.

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks onto next stage
EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase, says European Council President Donald Tusk. This means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, including trade and security. The first issue to be discussed, as early as next week, will be the terms of a transition period after the UK leaves in March 2019.

Saudi FM: Trump serious on Mid-East peace
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said President Donald Trump’s administration was serious about achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians… Concerning the “deal of the century” to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, al-Jubeir—former Saudi Ambassador to the US—said in an interview…the American administration was “working on ideas and consulting with all parties, including Saudi Arabia, about those ideas and incorporating the views presented…

China’s DNA database in Xinjiang is in ‘gross violation’ of global norms, rights group says
…Authorities have collected DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the ages of 12 and 65. The DNA and blood types are being collected through a free annual physical exams program called Physicals for All, the human rights groups said.

Bill banning Down syndrome abortions passes in Ohio, heads to Kasich’s deskThe GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will soon sign the measure into law.

$7.8 Million Settlement Against Biomedical Companies Accused of Profiting from Fetal Tissue Sales
Two Yorba Linda biomedical procurement companies have reached a $7.8 million settlement with the Orange County, California, district attorney’s office following allegations they illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue.

Judicial Watch: State Dept Cut Deal for Clinton to Keep Call Logs Secret, Abedin Took ‘Muslim Engagement Documents’
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch released documents today from the U.S. State Department showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin were allowed to “remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were ‘personal’ materials and ‘unclassified, non-record materials,” including files on Clinton’s telephone calls and schedules that were not to be made public.

NLRB Reverses Obama Employment Standard
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed a former President Barack Obama-era policy Thursday, that held employers responsible for violations committed by their subcontractors.

Obama Lies The NYTimes Didn’t Point Out
…Keeping with the newspaper’s definition, here are a few more Obama lies that the Times left-out.

FED Increases Rates Once Again on Trump – FED and Obama’s Massive Debt Only Things Preventing a Trump Balanced Budget
The Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen yesterday announced another Fed Fund rate increase of 0.25%. This is the fourth such increase since Donald Trump was elected President. The Fed increased rates only one time under Obama until last year’s election!

FCC SHREDS Obama-Era Net Neutrality, A Win For Internet Freedom … Patriots Cheering!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” on Thursday, which will repeal the agency’s 2015 net neutrality regulation.

Alabama Vote Fraud? Doug Jones Supporter Says “We Came From Different Parts of the Country”
Claims of vote fraud in Alabama are swirling after a man was caught on camera appearing to reveal that supporters of Democrat Doug Jones “came from different parts of the country” to vote for him.

Technology Company Kernel Spending Millions To Microchip Humans To Create ‘Brain-Computer Interface’
…The first step was to get everyone in front of a computer, 1993-2007. Step 2 was to get the computer on people, 2007-2017. The third and final step will be to get the technology none of us can live without inside of us via microchip implants, 2018-2025. When Antichrist shows up, his mark will just be the latest and coolest implantable device sold to a lost world filled with people already wired.

Judicial Watch Sues California and Los Angeles Over Dirty Voter Registration Rolls
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the State of California over their failure to clean their voter rolls and to produce election-related records as required by the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) (Judicial Watch, Inc. et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al.


Cryptocurrency Chaos: Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum All Keep Surging To New Record Highs With No End In Sight

The cryptocurrency revolution is the biggest story in the financial world right now. In recent days I have spent a lot of time writing about Bitcoin, but the truth is that all of the major cryptocurrencies have been on an unprecedented run lately. In fact, some of them have been rising much faster in price than Bitcoin has. So even though Bitcoin is now worth almost 18 times as much as it was at the beginning of 2017, that actually pales in comparison to how fast Litecoin has been rising. Of course not all of these cryptocurrencies will eventually succeed. There are about 1000 different cryptocurrencies in existence at the moment, and most of them will inevitably fail. But for now virtually every cryptocurrency is soaring, and the total market cap for all cryptocurrencies combined is rapidly approaching half a trillion dollars. (Read More…)


Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass?

A conference committee has been merging the tax bills that were passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even though we could still see some minor changes, it looks like the major parameters of the final bill have now been agreed upon.  The final bill will be known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we are being told that it will be one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history.  Unfortunately, the impact on our tax bills will be relatively minor, but at least it is a step in the right direction.  The following summary of the major provisions in the final bill comes from AOL(Read More…)


Major Scandal: U.S. Congressman Says That There Was A ‘Concerted Effort’ Within The FBI To Help Hillary Clinton Win The Election

Did the FBI attempt to swing the outcome of the 2016 election in a certain direction?  I know that question sounds completely outrageous, but this is exactly what one member of Congress is now claiming.  For a long time we have known that elements within the Deep State have been actively working to undermine the Trump administration, but now solid evidence is emerging that the interference by the Deep State actually began during the presidential election.  As more details come out, this could easily become one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. (Read More…)


December 14, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The Alabama win for Barack Obama’s candidate Doug Jones confirms our thesis that Obama is running the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump resistance. Obama, who recently compared President Trump to Hitler, recorded a robocall in support of the Alabama Democrat, calling him a “fighter for equality, for progress.” His notion of progress means suppressing the white vote and inciting black voters, who now believe by a margin of 72 percent that Trump should be impeached…. (more)

December 14, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., used to be a prosecutor. So he’s not entirely new to the concept of evidence, investigations, charges and conflicts of interest. What he apparently doesn’t understand is the FBI’s idea of a “conflict-of-interest-free” special counsel’s office, which employed a key investigator who helped clear a political candidate he supported and later targeted one he vehemently opposed…. (more)

December 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — Attorney and political analyst Alan Dershowitz said Wednesday he would like to see a “non-partisan commission” examine special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and its investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia…. (more)

December 14, 2017
GREG COROMBOS — A top lawyer in Texas says the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be nothing more than effort to charge people with crimes unrelated to Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. He also said recent revelations of rampant partisanship on the part of prosecutors on Mueller’s team ought to be the death blow to the probe…. (more)

December 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly believes the FBI has been compromised and no longer carries the gravitas it once did. “No doubt in my mind, and I’m a big law enforcement guy as you may know . . . I’ve lost faith in the FBI,” O’Reilly told Newsmax TV’s John Bachman on “Newsmax Now.”… (more)


December 14, 2017
BYRON YORK — Yes, the release of texts sent between top FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show that both loathed Donald Trump while they were working on investigations involving Trump as a presidential candidate and later as president. Of course, lots of federal employees loathe Trump. It would be hard for all of them to recuse themselves from government matters, although it is probably not a great idea to have them play key roles in high-stakes probes that could have a momentous effect on the presidency…. (more)

December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, announced on Thursday that it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI regarding records related to Peter Strzok, a top FBI counterintelligence agent who was part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry team before being demoted due to critical messages about President Trump…. (more)

December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle net neutrality, moving to spur innovation and investment by loosening the federal government’s grip on the internet over the outraged objections of progressives who insist the repeal will destroy it…. (more)

December 14, 2017
GROVER NORQUIST — As the Federal Communications Commission approached a vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order at its December open meeting, the Left got frantic, claiming it would bring about the end of the internet as we know it and even the end of democracy…. (more)

December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Senate confirmed President Trump’s 19th federal judge Thursday, approving James Ho for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and further bolstering the judicial army that conservatives wanted to build. Mr. Ho, confirmed on a 53-43 vote, becomes the first Asian-American on that appeals court. Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota joined Republicans in voting for Mr. Ho…. (more)

December 14, 2017
THE HILL — The Alabama Supreme Court has reportedly stayed a lower court’s order to election officials that would have required the preservation of voting records in Tuesday’s Senate special election. A circuit judge on Monday ordered election officials to set voting machines to save all digital ballot images, which would preserve voting records in the event of a recount…. (more)


December 14, 2017
ART MOORE — President Trump’s critics have blamed him for many things, from climate change to a decrease in the frequency of Americans engaging in sex, and now he’s being held responsible for messing up the celebration of Jesus’ birth…. (more)

December 14, 2017
LOS ANGELES TIMES — More than a week after the Thomas fire ignited in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands as it grew into a massive inferno, firefighters are now in a race to protect the pristine coastal communities of neighboring Santa Barbara County before a shift in powerful winds forecast for this weekend…. (more)

December 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — Walt Disney Co. agreed to a $52.4 billion deal to acquire much of the global empire that media baron Rupert Murdoch assembled over three decades, from a fabled Hollywood studio to Europe’s largest satellite-TV provider to one of India’s most-watched channels…. (more)

December 14, 2017
CNN — More than two months have passed since 58 country music fans were gunned down in the Las Vegas massacre, and survivors as well as victims’ families are still searching for some semblance of closure…. (more)

December 14, 2017
CNBC — Nearly one quarter of teens are using marijuana, according to a new survey. Of eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed, 24 percent said they’ve used the drug in the past year, according to research from the University of Michigan. The 1.3 percent increase is the first significant rise in seven years…. (more)

December 13, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — The Republican Party lost a critical seat in the U.S. Senate Tuesday as voters in the deeply conservative state of Alabama elected Democrat Doug Jones in an upset race that could jeopardize President Trump’s legislative agenda…. (more)

December 13, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Republican negotiators on Wednesday said they’ve managed to strike a deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package and that they’ll be prepared to send it to President Trump’s desk next week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch told reporters that House and Senate lawmakers working to reconcile the two chambers’ versions have reached an agreement…. (more)


December 13, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Just one month into the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation – – and only weeks after the FBI had been given a copy of the anti-Trump dossier in the summer of 2016 – – one of the FBI’s top Russian counterintelligence experts discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump won election to the White House…. (more)

December 13, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — Former D.C. Metro Transit Police officer Nicholas Young had unusual political views, a federal prosecutor told jurors in Young’s terrorist trial. He “was attracted to Nazis and Islamic terrorists at the same time,” Gordon Kromberg said in his opening statement. “Both hate Jews.”… (more)

December 13, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — A sobering new report warns of growing nuclear threats to U.S. national security posed by the deterioration of the nation’s own nuclear arsenal just as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are all upgrading their arsenals. The report documents how Russia and China are aggressively implementing nuclear force modernization, “likely made possible with covert and low-yield nuclear testing.”… (more)

December 13, 2017
LOS ANGELES TIMES — The blaze that swept through the hills of Bel-Air last week, destroying six homes and damaging a dozen others, was sparked by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment in a nearby ravine, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday…. (more)

December 12, 2017
Embassy move will help ‘end the reign of Islamist terror’
ALAN KEYES — In 1995, The United States Congress passed (by a vote of 374-37 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 93-5 in the U.S. Senate) the bill entitled the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. Its stated purpose was “to provide for the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.” So, why is the United States Embassy to Israel still physically located in Tel Aviv?… (more)

December 12, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — It’s become de rigeur for public figures and media personalities to repeat the tired mantra: Always believe the women. This refers, of course, to any accusation of sexual harassment, no matter how far in the past it took place and even if it was interpreted at the time as innocent flirting…. (more)

December 12, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — “Impeach him!” some Democrats cry, as they accuse the U.S. president of “colluding” with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Americans can’t escape the apparent feeding frenzy: Every day, headlines screech with new plot twists in the alleged Trump-Russia saga…. (more)

The Briefing — Friday, December 15, 2017

1) Economics as a test of worldview and tax reform as either promise or peril

Wall Street Journal (Siobahn Hughes, Kristina Hughes, and Richard Rubin) –
Marco Rubio Throws a Wrench Into GOP Tax Bill

2) As Americans have their say about Christmas, we see the centrality of history to Christianity

New York Times (Liam Stack) –
Is Christmas a Religious Holiday? A Growing Number of Americans Say No

Pew Research Center –
Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life

3) Evangelical Christian world grieves the death of a titan

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 15, 2017

‘What in the Hell Is Going on With the DOJ and the FBI?’

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) take the DOJ and FBI to task.

The Foundation

“The outstretched arm of tyranny … may appear under any mode or form of government.” —Mercy Warren (1805)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 15

  • Some GOP Senators Press for Late Changes in Tax Bill (Read More)
  • Here’s Where the GOP Tax Plan Stands Right Now (Read More)
  • Harvard Endowment Chief Pushed for Steeper Devaluation of Assets (Read More)
  • Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials (Read More)
  • With Fox Deal, Disney Adds Hulu to Its Digital Kingdom (Read More)
  • Treasury Yields Have Never Been This Negative for Euro Investors (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank Had Flagged Manafort-Related Transactions (Read More)
  • Tesla blamed for slide in U.S. home solar sales (Read More)
  • CSX shares tumble after CEO’s medical leave (Read More)
  • Austria Shifts Right as Kurz Forges Government With Nationalists (Read More)
  • Murdoch Solves Empire Succession by Getting Rid of the Empire (Read More)
  • Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela’s oil purge cripples company (Read More)
  • How America’s Inequality Is Sending the Dow Soaring (Read More)
  • World trade order in a wobble as Washington snubs WTO status quo (Read More)
  • Mexico’s Senate passes divisive security law, paving way for final approval (Read More)
  • Law School Is Hot Again as Politics Piques Interest (Read More)
  • Inside the Mad Dash to Bring You Cheap, Generic Viagra (Read More)
  • Erdogan says Turkey starting initiatives at U.N. to annul U.S. decision on Jerusalem (Read More)
  • Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea (Read More)

Headlines – 12/15/2017

US peace plan not finalized, but efforts ‘serious,’ says Saudi’s Jubeir

Trump’s Jerusalem steps will help the peace process, some experts say

Snubbed by Abbas, US vice president to skip Palestinians on upcoming trip

Erdogan and Abbas bark about Jerusalem, but their threats have no bite

In fresh rebuke for Trump, EU says its Jerusalem stance is unchanged

Houthis: US trying to distract from Jerusalem furor with Iran missile claim

Hamas will reverse Trump’s Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally

Turkey, Lebanon eye embassies to Palestine in East Jerusalem

Palestinians: Arab Rulers are Traitors, Cowards

Hamas calls for another ‘Day of Rage’

Forces brace for second week of Friday protests over US Jerusalem move

Nazareth cancels Christmas celebrations to protest US move on Jerusalem

Protesting Trump, Jericho shop denies entry to ‘dogs and Americans’

Hamas Not Interested in Another War in Gaza, Israeli Defense Officials Say

IDF officer says there are likely more Gaza tunnels leading into Israel

‘Hamas invests in tunnels, why not in hospitals?’

Lieberman: law should be enacted allowing to hold terrorists’ bodies for negotiations

PM on HCJ ruling on terrorists’ bodies: ‘Hamas must not be given gifts’

Netanyahu grilled by police for seventh time in graft probe

Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah

Family of Miss Iraq forced to flee country after photo posted with Miss Israel

Iraqi Shiite paramilitary chief seeks to put troops under national army

Iraq hangs 38 on terrorism charges

ISIS Threatens National Cathedral in Fiery Propaganda Image

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

US fighter jets ‘head-butt’ Russian jets in Syria, US official says

‘Golden opportunity’ lost as Syrian peace talks collapse

Time Is Running Out For Syria’s Besieged Communities

U.S. accuses Iran of being terrorist ‘arsonist’

Saudis welcome UN report, US stand on Iran’s missile supplies

Saudi embassy in Washington releases photos of site targeted by Iranian missile

Iran says weaponry displayed by Haley is ‘fabricated’

US envoy Haley says to forge anti-Iran coalition

Russia: Iran nuclear deal breakdown would hurt effort to manage N.Korea

Ukraine leader welcomes EU’s extension of sanctions on Russia

Russia says not ready to strangle North Korea economically

Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula

Kim Jong Un’s top aide executed by North Korean death squad, reports suggest

At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in ‘horrific’ Myanmar violence, charity says

Las Vegas massacre survivors 2 months later: ‘We’re in the dark’

FCC repeals net neutrality rules after delay caused by bomb threat

The Internet Is Free Again – Killing Obama-era rules will remove the FCC as political gatekeeper

Brexit: EU leaders set to move talks on to next stage

May Returns to Brussels After Brexit Defeat by Her Own Party

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

Americans Spend More Than Expected as Holiday Season Heats Up

Record number of Americans to travel during Christmas holiday: AAA

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Duowa, China

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pueblo Nuevo, Guatemala

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Philippines to face days of life-threatening flooding from Tropical Storm Urduja

Firefighter killed battling Thomas fire as powerful winds pose new threat

Arlington doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend’s tea with abortion pill

Bid to Outlaw Gay Sex, Adultery Fails in World’s Largest Muslim-Majority Nation

After Trump and Moore, some evangelicals are finding their own label too toxic to use

Dr. R.C. Sproul has gone home to be with the Lord. 

Martin Luther – Spiritual Poverty

Kris Vallotton and Bethel Cannot Escape Link to New Age Occultism

Evangelical Mega-Church Leads Congregation in Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer

Mega Announcement: Jennifer LeClaire Resigns From Charisma Magazine

Neurosurgeon-Turned-Pastor Uses Name of Jesus to Stop Armed Robber Who Threatened to Kill Him at Bible Study

Johnson Amendment Repeal Removed from Final GOP Tax Bill

Christian Club Sues University After Being Booted for Requiring Its Leaders to Align With Beliefs

Joyce Meyer Hits the Daily Double of Leveraging Scripture Incorrectly

List of important Christians to follow on social media (not). Plus, ridiculous books

Bethelgate – looking under the rug of Bethel administration

Pentatonix and the elephant in the sanctuary

Megachurch Plans to Build 280-Home Town With ‘Nightclub’ and Retail Shops on Property

Is Christmas a Religious Holiday? A Growing Number of Americans Say No

Theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul ‘Critically Ill,’ Being ‘Supported by Ventilator’ in Hospital, Ligonier Ministries Reveals

Ex-Muslim Leader Finds Jesus, Becomes ‘Manhunter’ Leading Others to Christ in Somalia


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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Weekly Watchman for 12/15/2017

Standing Against the Tide of Moral Relativism

We profess to know the truth of Scripture and yet too many people seem to be less than certain about the very nature and origins of humanity. Satan is the father of lies and author of confusion, and in this darkness we find ourselves debating history; not only the creation of the universe, but whether or not God even exists.

Many believers agree Jesus is God forever, but the things of this world pull us away from our pursuit of His will. As a result, we choose to focus on the here and now which is part of the problem. Due to our lack of priorities and indifference about the culture war, we have allowed godlessness and relativism to advance.

Barna Research surveyed Americans last year on moral absolutes and found only 35 percent of people believe moral truth is absolute. The conclusion? “Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural mainstage,” and this results in the broader culture trying to fill the void.

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Who Determines this World’s Destiny?

Mankind is a mess and getting worse with each passing day as we reject God’s Word in favor of the ways of man. We try new human ideas and nothing changes. We elect new leaders who promise things will get better but they never do. In spite of what God’s Word tells us about the increasing effects of sin and rejecting God some people think mankind still controls his own destiny.

Even within professing Christianity some use human understanding and schemes, thinking we can change the end to this world’s story. But the Bible is clear that this world will one day become so evil and rebellious against God that it will be lead to the brink of self-annihilation. But then the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords returns to judge this world and establish His everlasting kingdom.

Pastor Gary Gilley joins us this morning to continue our look at The NAR (New Apostolic Reform), Many within the movement think Christians are called to take complete dominion over this world, preparing it for the coming of Jesus through gaining control of institutions like education, media and government. But are their views consistent with the Bible?

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Key Parables & Disturbing Spiritual Trends

Traditionally, European beliefs and culture are a precursor to what is going to happen in America. Today we look at some concerning trends of what a majority of the population in Europe believe regarding the Bible, heaven and hell, and gender. In our first two segments, we discuss the importance of the Parables used by Jesus to teach the people of His time. Why did Jesus speak in parables and what is he trying to tell us today as we read His Word? Joining us to discuss the context and importance of Jesus’ parables is Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio.

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You Can Always Tell a Liberal, But You Can’t Tell Him Much

Liberals, backed by Hollywood, most media, and the government education system, have successfully cornered the market on public conversations these days. We are into our third generation of young people indoctrinated into radical liberal thought on issues of society, government and even religion, and the fruits of this indoctrination are growing out of control. Free speech and tolerance seems to be a one way street: they are allowed only if you agree with the liberal elite in our nation.

How can we successfully combat liberal “group think” and expose their hypocrisy? John Loeffler of Steel on Steel Radio joins us to discuss this enormous challenge.

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Creation to Christmas: Old Testament Timeline

Two weeks from today Christians will celebrate and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and our Messiah, who came to set us free from the punishment and captivity of sin. There is plenty of prophecy and very important history leading up to that amazing event that sadly gets increasingly ignored in most churches. It is called the Old Testament and it contains answers to many questions that the world is asking.

In fact if we do not understand the history of mankind and how they related with God leading up to the birth of Jesus, we will fail to grasp the true significance of Jesus’ birth along with his pending return when He judges all of humanity for eternity.

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us for a look at the history of mankind from the beginning of creation up until the birth of our Lord and Savior. The answers to our questions about God, His creation, our sinful nature and need of redemption are there. We just need to take the time to study God’s Word from the beginning.

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